Jackie Cannizzo began her golf instruction career in 1988 after a successful competitive career including playing on a golf scholarship at UNC-Wilmington. Currently, Jackie is the Director of Instruction at Country Club of Roswell successful junior program. She teaches private lessons, clinics, tournaments, and organized golf teams. Her work catches attention of a number of longstanding golf associations, as her accolades include: Top-10 Golf Digest instructor in Georgia, PGA North Chapter Assistant of the Year, PGA Education Achievement Award, National PGA Junior Golf Leader, Golf Magazine’s Top 100, and Golf for Women Top Teacher. With all of her accolades, Jackie built a reputation as a recognized leader in golf.
Unfortunately, Jackie’s mother, Esther Cannizzo, lost her battle with lung cancer in 2008. In the years leading up to her passing, Esther facilitated growth in the junior golf program at her home golf course. Upon Esther’s passing, her children, including Jackie honored their mother’s aspirations and began raising money for what would become the Esther Cannizzo Junior Golf Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to help junior golfers in Syracuse, NY and Atlanta, GA.
In addition, the Esther Cannizzo Foundation provides select junior golfers with the resources needed for them to take their golf games to the highest levels. These select juniors receive financial assistance for coaching, tournament play, golf programs, and equipment. Golf leaders and pros often make great use of their influence in the game by raising money, but the Esther Cannizzo Foundation is innovative. Some golf growing initiatives operate to introduce young people to the game. Others aim to provide the bare essential golf resources needed for kids programs, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs. The Esther Cannizzo Foundation helps junior golfers who exemplify the commitment, passion, character, and desire needed to excel at the game. A number of juniors possess the necessary attributes to be successful in junior golf, but also possess the resources. Lastly, without the Esther Cannizzo Foundation, a hidden future Tour star may go without the opportunity to harvest their golf talents.
Finally, two events a year take place, which contribute to the efforts of the Esther Cannizzo Foundation. One event takes place in New York at Lakeshore Yacht and Country Club. The other is played on October 17th at Country Club of Roswell. Non-playing donations are accepted, but supporters can compete in an enjoyable afternoon while helping a great cause. For a 3 year-old event, the tournament has progressed far and fast. With high-level corporate sponsors, hole-in-one cars, and a million dollar shot shoot out, this event has all the makings of a wonderful day on the links.